What’s New in Disney’s Animal Kingdom: A Park Map UPGRADE

What’s your favorite Disney World theme park?

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Each park is very unique and offers something different to see and do than the others. One thing that they have in common is that there’s almost always something new to check out in each one. So today, we’re heading to Disney’s Animal Kingdom to take a look at what’s new in food, construction, and merchandise! Let’s get started!

Animal Kingdom Food Updates

On a recent trip to Animal Kingdom, we noticed that an update had been made to the kids’ menus at the park’s quick service restaurants. A new side has been added!


Now, in addition to things like fries and fresh fruit, your child can choose Bug-shaped Graham Crackers as a side at the quick service restaurants in the park.

Animal Kingdom Construction Updates

At long last, the Festival of the Lion King show has returned!

Festival of the Lion King

It was previously operating as A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King, but it closed for a brief period and reopened as the full show, complete with tumble monkeys and acrobatic birds

We also noticed that an addition has been made in the Harambe area of Animal Kingdom. There is now a fake fruit cart set up on the side of the building that is made to look like an internet cafe.

Fruit cart

Animal Kingdom also got a new park map!

NEW map

The map features a scene from the reimagined Finding Nemo show found in the park.

Click here for more details on the reimagined ‘Finding Nemo’ show!

Animal Kingdom Merchandise Updates

Discovery Trading Company

First up, we spotted this Buzz Lightyear adult hat. This hat is blue and green, with a yellow brim and features Buzz Lightyear on the front. You can grab it for $24.99.

Buzz Lightyear hat

Also at Discovery Trading Company, we saw this Wall-E and Eve shirt.

Wall-E and Eve shirt

The shirt is yellow and shows Wall-E giving Eve a red heart with the words “Be Kind.” It is $36.99.


There’s almost always something new to see at Pandora’s gift shop, and today we spotted a couple of new items! We saw this pin for $9.99! It is very bright and colorful and features many of the iconography associated with Pandora.

Pandora pin

We also saw this Pandora pen!

Pandora pen

It’s blue, says “Pandora,” and has a water sprite on top of it. It’s $12.99.

Serka Zong Bazaar

Serka Zong Bazaar is the gift shop you exit into right after riding Expedition Everest, so of course we found tons of yeti-themed items! We saw a bunch of new shirts like this one that says “Yeti or Not Here I Come” for $19.99.

Yeti or Not

We also saw this green shirt that says “Y’all Yeti For This?” It is also $19.99.

Yeti For This

Looking for a matching couples’ shirt to wear in the parks? Check out this blue shirt that says “Sorry She’s All Yeti Taken” for $24.99…

Blue matching shirt

…and the matching pink shirt that says “Sorry I’m All Yeti Taken” for $29.99.

I’m All Yeti Taken

We also spotted some new hats, like this gray one that says “Yeti Or Not Here I Come…”

Yeti Or Not

…and this blue one that says “Y’all Yeti For This?”

Y’all Yeti For This

Each of these hats matches a shirt and is available for $29.99.

Dino Institute Shop

The Dino Institute Shop is the gift shop at the end of the DINOSAUR ride, and we spotted two new items here, as well. First up is this tank top. It has the outline of a dinosaur in front of some water and a volcano in the background. It’s $24.99. 

Tank top

We also saw this shirt that has a dinosaur on it and says “Never Apologize For Being Powerful.”

Never Apologize Shirt

The shirt is $24.99.

Chester and Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures

And finally, at Chester and Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures, we saw these 50th Anniversary Crocs Jibbitz!

Crocs jibbitz

They come in a pack of five with a Mickey one, a Minnie one, one that has some Disney World trash cans, a Monorail, and one of the Cinderella Castle. They are charms that you stick in the holes of your Crocs. You can grab them for $19.99.

We Wore Crocs in Disney World All Day. Click here to see what happened!

Things are almost always changing in Disney, so if you’re heading to Disney World soon, there are a few things you should be aware of. Florida is currently expecting dangerous heat index levels this week, so make sure to pack appropriately.

Make sure you pack for the heat!

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What’s your favorite thing about Animal Kingdom? Let us know in the comments!

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